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Review: Jogger This Great Pressure

Label: Magical Properties

Technically, this is Jogger's first full-length, but there's enough music here to fill five albums. The duo (Amir Yaghmai on violin/guitar/vocals and Jonathan Larroquette on laptop/controllers/vocals) packs each of its 10 tracks here with sounds drawing on everything from ambient to folk to rock, utilizing a manic cut-and-paste-and-layer-and-distort-and-process aesthetic that's, well, crowded. Read more » 

New Untold 12" Coming From Brainmath

From the UK-based Brainmath imprint, the fledgling, bass music label that brought us Zomby's Digital Flora release, comes the next chapter in Untold's forward-thinking dubstep career. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/02/2009

Artist to Watch: Dorian Concept

Who: Dorian Concept
Where: Vienna, Austria Read more » 

Download: Lindstrøm & Christabelle "Baby Can't Stop (Idjut Boys Remix)"

First Listen

After hearing Aeroplane's take on the epic disco-funk of "Baby Can't Stop" by Norwegian-Belgian duo Lindstrøm & Christabelle (the latter of whom is also Aeroplane's singer), we didn't think the vintage synth-heavy dance jam could be further expanded upon. After this gem of a remix from Idjut Boys landed in our hands, our opinion quickly changed. The veteran London-based duo kept relatively true to the original, making their version more of an edit which highlights the bulbous basslines and warm brass section of Lindstrøm's production work with a few of their own sounds tossed in for extra flair. 

Average: 7.4 (70 votes)
 
 

Download: DJ Food "All Covered in Darkness (Mr. P Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

Taken from The Shape of Things That Hum, the freshly-released second EP in a series of three by the shape-shifting DJ Food project (currently manned by Strictly Kev), Mr. P's remix of "All Covered in Darkness" sets out sounding like it's entering the Twilight Zone. However, as the chilly piano loop and booming, baritone voice fade away, an ominous organ melody (or maybe that's cello?) and cowbell-led breakbeat (though that could be a piano) overtake the song with the help of a somewhat indiscernible vocal loop—all before slowly bringing you back to the track's enigmatic opening sounds. 

Average: 7.3 (39 votes)
 
 

Review: Italoboyz Bla Bla Bla

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Label: Mothership

Techno is often an over-serious genre, so listening to the first Italoboyz full-length is a breath of fresh air—the duo crafts rich, funky tracks that are full of humor, esoteric influences, and the London transplants' penchant for intense rhythmic play. A prime example is found on "Chinese," a piece that utilizes extensive bits of Chinese-influenced piano, cut-up vocal portions culled from Chinese language instruction software, and jazzy house percussion that shimmers in just the right spots. Read more » 

Plus 8 Celebrates 100 Releases With Remix Disc

It has been 20 years since John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin started Plus 8 in Windsor, Ontario, and to celebrate this milestone as well as 100 releases, the label is putting out a compilation of remixes of past releases from contemporary producers. Featuring such techno luminaries as Speedy J, Teste, and Hawtin's Plastikman project being remixed by everyone from Alex Under to Marco Carola, the collection is sure to shed some new light on 20 glorious years of making people slam to minimal sounds. Tracklisting after the jump! Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/01/2009

XLR8R TV: Annie Pops Back Up

After a series of frustrating setbacks, Annie finally releases her much anticipated second album, Don't Stop. Read more » 

XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Hudson Mohawke

Glaswegian beat kid Hudson Mohawke delivers one of the year's most anticipated LPs.

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Download: Rustie "Keesha Resmak"

The injection of soulful R&B diva vocals into a track is rarely, if ever, a bad idea, and this re-fix of Oakland's Keyshia Cole (pictured above) is no exception. In fact, it lends some humanity to the often cold dubstep-bass hybrid that Rustie has mastered. The prolific Glaswegian dropped this song as a free download on his Myspace page, and with a catchy four-note descending melodic bassline forming the track's instrumental backbone and Cole's gorgeous harmonies swelling above it, one can definitely understand why this re-fix has been so highly anticipated: it is a sickly good slice of dancefloor gold. (via Sonic Router

Average: 7.7 (77 votes)
 
 

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